To bring transparency in police-public interaction, the traffic police in Ghaziabad have started wearing body cameras while on duty.
In the first phase, the police on Wednesday distributed 12 such cameras to their personnel. Officials said more cameras will be given to the force soon.
“The cameras will be worn by policemen while on duty and will record the interactions of the police personnel with traffic violators on roads. All conversations will get recorded and used as electronic evidence in case of any attack or misbehaviour. It will also help us monitor the behaviour of our staff while dealing with public,” said KS Emannuel, senior superintendent of police (SSP).
“We have also provided the feature of night vision in the cameras. The cameras will have a recording facility of nearly 32GB. The devices are waterproof and will have a battery backup of up to six hours. They will have a range of nearly 10 metres. The police personnel will not be able to delete the recordings and they will have to be submitted at the traffic police office once the memory is full,” the SSP said.
Further, the traffic police have also decided to provide a mobile-based app to nearly 250 civil police sub-inspectors to send images to the control room in case of any violation of road safety rules. The mobile app, traffic offences reporting app, is already being used by traffic police and will also be uploaded on the devices of the civil police sub-inspectors.
“Nearly 80 of our traffic police personnel are using the app to challan offenders and send images of the registration plates of the erring vehicles to the control room. The app has a list of seven major offences. The pictures of registration numbers or any other information can be sent to the control room, from where the challans will be issued,” said the SSP.
From January 1 till May this year, the traffic police have issued nearly 74,099 challans. Some of the common violations were riding without helmets, triple riding and driving without proper documents. A total of 1,47,282 challans were issued during 2014-15, while another 2,52,987 were issued during 2015-16.